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Ice thickness on smaller lakes around ottertail???

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swmncrappieslayer

How is the ice and fishing doing around the ottertail areas? Coming up from sw mn and would really appreciate the info!!

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Gissert

Fishing was good on Tuesday, ice thickness was in the 30 inch range.

lakes were really sloppy, but should tighten up some with the cooler weather. Be careful on the north shorlines if you are driving a vehicle. Some access points were getting pretty wet from runoff and melt water.

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WallEYES

Hey Gizzert T-bone is heading out international for a week...we were wanting to hit lake X if its in the cards for yous...giff me a call den

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Gissert

Will do. The ice may be pretty spooky, though. LOTS of current this year. That spot you caught that pike on had hardly any ice back in January.

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    • Rick
      Check out the South Central Forum, or MN Metro Forum and ask there as well as the SE MN- Rochester Forum. You may get more answers there as well.   If you could extend to three hours away Mille Lacs Lake could for sure accomodate what you are looking for.
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    • Rick G
      Thanks Tom. 
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